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LibriVox provides free audiobooks from the public domain. There are several options for listening. The first step is to get the mp3 or ogg files into your own computer
http://librivox.org/

LibriVox Objective

To make all books in the public domain available, for free, in audio format on the internet.


Our Fundamental Principles

  • Librivox is a non-commercial, non-profit and ad-free project
  • Librivox donates its recordings to the public domain
  • Librivox is powered by volunteers
  • Librivox maintains a loose and open structure
  • Librivox welcomes all volunteers from across the globe, in all languages

More Information

What We Do

Resources and Partners

In the Press

Inspirations

The Beginning

Contact

What We Do

LibriVox volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain, and then we release the audio files back onto the net for free. All our audio is in the public domain, so you may use it for whatever purpose you wish. Please note: Our readers are free to choose the books they wish to record. LibriVox sees itself as a library of audiobooks. Because the books we read are in the public domain, our readers and listeners should be aware that many of them are very old, and may contain language or express notions that are antiquated at best, offending at worst.

Volunteering for LibriVox is easy and does not require any experience with recording or audio engineering or acting or public speaking. All you need is a computer, a microphone, some free recording software, and your own voice. We accept all volunteers in all languages, with all kinds of accents. You’re welcome to volunteer to read any language you speak, as long as you can make yourself understood in it. You don’t need to audition, but we do suggest a 1-Minute Test recording just to check your setup. We’ll accept you no matter what you sound like.

We operate almost exclusively through Internet communications on our forum, where all your questions will be answered by our friendly community.

For more detailed information, see our FAQ.

We’d like your help. Click to learn about volunteering for LibriVox.

Resources and Partners

We get most of our texts from Project Gutenberg, and the Internet Archive hosts our audio files (for free!).

In early 2010 we ran a fund-raising drive to raise $20,000 for our expenses for the next few years. In July 2013 we launched a new fund-raising drive with the goal of raising $50,000 for short and long term expenses. If you would like to help, please visit our Donate Page.

The below information and more can be found at LearnOutLoud.com

About Us

When we started LearnOutLoud.com back in 2005 our goal was to showcase the best audio & video learning content on the Web, and our mission hasn’t changed much.  Since then we have grown alongside the vast expansion of audio & video learning on the Internet with the rising popularity of audio book downloads, podcasts, YouTube, free colleges courses, and many other great resources that have become available.  We want LearnOutLoud.com to be your primary destination for audio & video learning on the Web. 


We also want to help you turn your ‘dead time’ (time spent commuting, exercising, doing chores, etc.) into ‘learning time’.  We are located in Los Angeles, California, an area of the country known for horrendous traffic and commute times, and we saw the need to help people turn this ‘dead time’ into a time for personal and professional development through audio learning.  With the rapid growth of mobile technology from iPods and MP3 players to the iPhones and smart phones of today, learning on-the-go has never been easier, and we hope we can help you with finding the best resources for incorporating audio learning into your daily life.   

Over the years we have curated a Catalog of over 50,000 of the best audio books, podcasts, free downloads, and videos you can learn from.  One of the most popular sections of our site is our Free Audio & Video Directory which features over 10,000 free audio books, courses, documentaries, lectures, interviews, speeches, and more.  We also have a Podcast Directory with over 7,000 carefully selected audio & video podcasts you can learn from. Along with these free sections we also feature over 30,000 educational Audio Book Downloads from all the major audio book publishers and a lot of smaller publishers and individual authors. Our Kids Audio Books Section features over 2,000 audio books, podcasts, and free videos for kids & teens to learn from.

On LearnOutLoud.com you can also find great content written about audio & video learning.  BlogOutLoud is our audio and video learning blog which highlights the best of our website, along with the latest and greatest news from the world of audio and video learning.  Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday we send out a Free Resource of the Day Email that you can subscribe to for some of the best free audio & video learning resources.  Last but not least, you can browse our Featured Author Pages and our Audio & Video Learning Publisher Pages which provide information on the most popular authors and publishers on our site along with a listing of all of their titles.

We welcome you to contact us at any time with feedback, suggestions, inquiries, business opportunities, or anything else we can help you with. We’re here to serve.  Keep letting us know what we can do to help you better utilize the power of audio and video learning in your life!

The above information and more can be found at LearnOutLoud.com

Note. I have added this site because it has “some” free audio books on it but it also seems to have links to other free media.

http://www.openculture.com/freeaudiobooks

What is Open Culture’s Mission?

Open Culture brings together high-quality cultural & educational media for the worldwide lifelong learning community. Web 2.0 has given us great amounts of intelligent audio and video. It’s all free. It’s all enriching. But it’s also scattered across the web, and not easy to find. Our whole mission is to centralize this content, curate it, and give you access to this high quality content whenever and wherever you want it. Some of our major resource collections include: http://www.openculture.com/faq

About Loyal Books

New Name?
Books Should Be Free has changed its name to Loyal Books to show how important books are to our lives. You’ll always find the best collection of completely free public domain audiobooks and ebooks at Loyal Books. We also offer best sellers for those who want the newest books but mostly you’ll find an overwhelming selection of free books to enjoy.


Uses
If you don’t know what book you want to listen to next, it can be tedious trolling through hundreds of lines of text results looking for a fun book. Loyal Books puts the fun back into browsing for audio books. For those who listen to audio books because reading does not come easily to them, the last thing these people would want to do is read through pages of text to find something to listen to. LoyalBooks provides a primarily visual browsing experience so you don’t have to read tedious amounts to find listening material. The LoyalBooks.com website is also screen reader friendly making its resources accessible to people with vision disabilities.

Free
All audio books on LoyalBooks.com are in the public domain. This means that no one holds a copyright on these books and therefore anyone including LoyalBooks.com is free to distribute them. Enjoy these free audio books and use the share button on LoyalBooks.com to tell your friends about all these great public domain audio books.

Source
Books that have entered the public domain are digitized and recorded by volunteers that coordinate themselves through a variety of websites. The majority of public domain books, however, are digitized by Gutenberg.org and recorded by Librivox.org. Loyal Books draws on these public domain sources to deliver free audio books to you in an engaging and fun way. Enjoy the browsing experience on our website and be sure to bookmark us and return when youre ready for you’re next audio book!

Contact
If you have a free audiobook or eBook that you would like to submit then please use this form.
Questions or comments? We’d be glad to know what you think. Feel free to get in touch with us at info@loyalbooks.com. Also visit our company site Twist Idea.

The above and more can be found at Loyal Books – Books Should Be Free

About

Project Gutenberg was the first provider of free electronic books, or eBooks. Michael Hart, founder of Project Gutenberg, invented eBooks in 1971 and his memory continues to inspire the creation of eBooks and related technologies today. https://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Gutenberg:About#Project_Gutenberg_Mission_Statement

Audiobooks

https://www.gutenberg.org/browse/categories/1

The above information and more can be found at https://www.gutenberg.org/

Welcome

Lit2Go is a free online collection of stories and poems in Mp3 (audiobook) format. An abstract, citation, playing time, and word count are given for each of the passages. Many of the passages also have a related reading strategy identified. Each reading passage can also be downloaded as a PDF and printed for use as a read-along or as supplemental reading material for your classroom.

https://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/

This collection of children’s literature is a part of the Educational Technology Clearinghouse and is funded by various grants. Copyright © 2006—2020 by the Florida Center for Instructional TechnologyCollege of EducationUniversity of South Florida.

OverDrive is the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools worldwide. We are dedicated to creating “a world enlightened by reading” by delivering the industry’s largest catalog of ebooks, audiobooks and other digital media to a growing network of more than 43,000 libraries and schools in 75 countries.

https://www.overdrive.com/

https://www.overdrive.com/explore

Information courtesy of Disability Equality Scotland

You can see the  story here:-  http://yoursayondisability.scot/weekly-poll-results-covid-19-supermarket-stockpiling-week-beginning-23-march/

Here are the results of the Survey

There Just one question…

Are you concerned about shortages of products in supermarkets across Scotland caused by panic buying?

Results:

Yes – 92% (45 respondents) No – 8% (4 respondent)

Comments made as part of the survey

  • Vulnerable People Missing Out

“People are selfishly stripping the shelves bare and it’s disgusting. If people just stuck to the usual amount they bought we wouldn’t be having this discussion. I have to shop for my elderly mother who is 88 tomorrow and we can’t even get the basics. It means me having to go to several shops and expose myself to even more risk of catching the coronavirus and then passing it on to my mum. Anyone who has hoarded toilet roll or anything else should be deeply ashamed of themselves.”

“The way many people have behaved stockpiling foods and toilet rolls is shocking and upsetting as their actions meant that people who are vulnerable to this virus were left without.”

“I am concerned about the lack of produce available and the lack of help available for people that have to stay indoors to their health. What measures have been put in place to help people like us? Not everyone has someone that can go shop for them and the availability of delivery slots is ridiculous.”

“Disgraceful when it is those who are vulnerable that suffer.”

“When I can get someone to take me to the supermarket the shelves are empty. People are so selfish and there are no delivery slots. I’m scared to go out when my carer or family offer to help.”

  • Online Deliveries

“Even worse than stockpiling is being unable to get groceries delivered. The only delivery service in my area was provided by Tesco. But they have stopped doing home deliveries which are very worrying because I am over 70 and not supposed to go out.”

“It has become incredibly stressful. I am housebound normally anyway and rely on food deliveries, I have not been able to get a delivery slot for weeks and am struggling to eat and mostly living off of cereal. I worry this will affect my immune system and I am more likely to get ill. Carers don’t have time either to help with shopping. There is help for older people in my area with meals, but this doesn’t include younger people with disabilities.”

“I tried to register under Sainsbury’s scheme but they changed the rules about disabled customers. So now to get a booking slot you need to be classed as “extremely vulnerable” by the Government. I went to the link to see if I qualified, only to discover that this doesn’t even apply in Scotland. So, I’ve no idea now how Scottish customers register for priority delivery slots.”

“Government’s solution to getting food while self-isolating due to vulnerable health is to shop online – This is not an option in rural parts at all! So, what do those of us living rurally with minimal support actually do to stay fed and healthy? Seems like the only option ultimately is to starve.”

“Impossible to get the online order. Have struggled to purchase easy to cook/make food products. Have had to rely on family to travel from Glasgow to come and drive around food stores to ensure I had suitable food products for the week ahead.”

“The issue was around the lack of delivery slots which seems to be being resolved. I presume the ones doing the panic buying will get fed up sooner rather than later.”

  • Quicker Action from Supermarkets

“Supermarkets should have acted quicker to stop stockpiling. Better guidelines to staff and limiting offers to one per customer.”

“Things seem to be settling down a bit, but supermarkets etc should have limited what people were buying immediately and the serious shortages would not have happened to such an extent.”

“Restrictions should have been limiting individual purchases as soon as the problem was recognised – 2 weeks ago.”

“Supermarkets should have limits introduced weeks ago.”

“In my opinion, I believe the supermarkets are doing what they can to help vulnerable people and the NHS to shop but there are those in society that are selfish and only think of themselves. Perhaps it is now time for Government to get a bit tougher on those who are stockpiling, as it appears they’re not listening to what’s been said!”